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24th January 2016 |

The Ferrari of the Future

Despite being, for the large part, being wildly inaccurate, mankind has always had a fascination with the future and trying to predict what life will be like years from now.

Depictions of floating homes and hover cars tend to be the most popular image of a futuristic landscape, whether it be the Fifth Element, Total Recall or I-Robot amongst others. The latter included a pretty cool punt at the car of the future by Audi, but now Ferrari have trumped that with their idea of the Ferrari of 2040, the ‘Manifesto’.


How did they arrive at such a concept? Through a competition of course.

Back in 2015, Maranello set its world renowned design school the challenge of imagining where the evolution of Ferrari design would take the supercar over the next quarter of a century. For those of us that don’t share such a curiosity of how things will be in 2040, 25 years seems like a long way away. But without wanting to induce a midlife crisis, it has already been 20 years since the first 355 left the Ferrari factory floor.


The winner of Ferrari’s ‘Top Design School Challenge’ was chosen from an array of wonderful designs, whittled down to entries from just eight schools. This was then slimmed to three models each from four separate schools.

The Manifesto was then chosen from the remaining 12 designs as the ‘Gran Premio’ winner, but by who you ask?


A panel of Ferrari’s biggest celebrity stars, industry experts and VIPs of course. These included Paolo Pininfarina (engineer and car design royalty), Nick Mason (yes Pink Floyd’s Nick Mason, who has one of the most impressive car collections on the planet), Jay Kay aka Jamiroquai (again another famous car aficionado), Flavio Manzoni (Italian architect and car design legend) and who else but Ferrari F1 frontman Sebastian Vettel.

They were swayed towards the Manifesto by the ‘completeness’ of its design and the designs complete vision of exterior aspects, cabin and running gear. Oh and the doors.


Ok they are in no way saying that come 2040, the Manifesto will be rolling off of the production line and, the likely hood is, it won’t. But it’s high praise indeed for the six design students behind the design and certainly something to behold.

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